Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace, known as the Countess of Lovelac, born in 1815 was encouraged by her mother not to become a romantic poet like her father, Lord Byron. Ada's mom paid for private tutors in math and sciences for her daughter while her father wrote poems for a living. Ada, like Steve Jobs, brought creativity—even poetry—to math and early technology. When she met Charles Babbage her creative, mathematical approach to his first mechanical computer inspired her to envision a computer on which people could one day express words, pictures, and music.

You might say Ada was the first geek before there even was such a thing. Her imagination beyond the technology freed her to think beyond the constraints of the machine.

⚠️ It is important to note that Ada's credit as the first programmer was made largely by Western historians. The actual first programmer may very likely have happened in Arabia, the Indian penisula, or Asia-Pacific region but history is harder to reconcile across those cultural boundaries.